Cedar Park - Leander Edition | February 2020

CEDAR PARK LEANDER EDITION

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WHAT I S A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN?

Leander begins crafting comprehensive plan First open house is slated for Feb. 19

volunteer group of 16 residents and stakeholders. Jordan Maddox of Hal Associ- ates, the consulting rm hired by the city to help facilitate the new plan’s creation, asked members of the three groups to write a word or phrase that they would most like Leander to be in the future. The 30 residents submitted 24 dierent suggestions—a diversity of vision that city ocials say is needed to create an eective com- prehensive plan. “We hope our planning efforts will have a lasting impact on the city, but it can’t be done in a

BY BRIAN PERDUE

Prosperous. Aordable. Well-planned.

Inclusive. Fiscally sustainable. Those were just ve of the

adjectives submitted during a brainstorming session among who will probably be the biggest inu- encers in the creation of Leander’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan. The joint meeting Jan. 16 included members of Leander City Council; the planning and zoning commission; and the comprehensive plan advisory committee, a newly formed

A comprehensive plan serves as a “road map” for a city’s future by making recommendations for where future development and infrastructure should go. It can greatly inuence residential and commercial property values, for better or worse. SOURCE: CITY OF LEANDERCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

The rst joint meeting between the comprehensive plan’s biggest inuencers, pictured above and top right, was held Jan. 16. (Photos by Brian Perdue/Impact Community Newspaper)

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Special educationneeds for LISDcontinue togrow

The annual percentage growth of students in special education is outpacing that of overall enrollment growth.

S P E C I A L ENROLLMENT EDUCAT ION

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LISD’s overall enrollment—which includes all students at 43 cam- puses—increased byapproximately 1,100 to 41,529, or by 2.74%. More than one in 10 LISD stu- dents, or 12.85%, falls within the special education program, according to LISD. From 2017-18 to 2018-19, LISD’s special education population increased by 485 students, CONTINUED ON 43

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The growth of the percentage of Leander ISD students in special education will continue to out- pace the percentage of overall stu- dent growth within the district, according to LISD documents. According to LISD, special edu- cation enrollment for the current school year jumped by 520 stu- dents to 5,336, or by 10.78% since last year. During that same span,

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